Tuesday, September 29, 2015

An easy way to remember basic formal dining etiquette

Everyone has to attend at least a few formal dinners. Whether they are large, high profile events, wedding breakfasts, or first dates, there's a lot of pressure to get things right. We all think we know how to eat, but when it comes to a formal occasion we could be getting it wrong! There are quite a few rules governing formal dining, and not knowing them can make you look a little silly. Imagine using the wrong cutlery, or embarrassing a waiter who thinks you have finished eating, while sitting on a table with lots of people you don't know. Luckily it's not that hard to learn the rules of formal dining. They are quite simple when you get down to it.

Most of the rules are just to make the whole thing run more smoothly. It makes sense to have different glasses for different wines, otherwise the flavors could get ruined. And those with a sophisticated palate will tell you that the shape of the glass enhances the flavor. Having different cutlery just ensures you have the easiest time eating each of your courses - imagine trying to cut meat with a dainty little fish knife, or salad with a big fork designed for your main course!

Don't see formal dining etiquette as a scary set of 'laws'. It is there to make dinner go smoothly. Take a few moments to learn how to dine the formal way and you'll be the perfect guest.

Friday, September 25, 2015

A tablescape for Thanksgiving

Hi, today I am joining Between Naps on the Porch blogspot - Tablescapes. I love this simple yet elegant tablescape I created last Thanksgiving. Enjoy all the pictures.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015


Autumn is my favorite season! I love everything pumpkin.......Food, Sweets, Candy, candles and Decor! My house is bleeding orange inside and out and I love it! I am also sharing pictures of our yard. My hubby does a great job in keeping it manicured. I take care of the inside. LOL

Friday, September 11, 2015

I made a pie!!!

I love Coconut Cream Pie! It is my favorite and I have been seeing this recipe float around Facebook many times, so I finally gave it a try! It was a few steps and kinda time consuming, but easy to make and it turned out great! My husband loved it and so did I!!! Can't wait to eat another piece later today. I hope you will try to make one as well.

Friday, August 21, 2015

More Pics of Garden and Harvest



Well, due to the cold weather that lasted up until the latter part of March we got a late start on Gardening. Then comes Spring and we get non-stop heavy rains which turned into flooding in the areas and saturated our Garden. Along came Summer with the hottest temps of 100 degrees everyday in July/August it seemed and our Garden got so dry and the tomato plants were dying. So just the other day we tore it all down with the exception of the pumpkin seeds which are now huge plants. Hoping we get some Bees to come around and pollenate. This is our first year to grow pumpkins. I am excited and can't wait to see how they harvest. It was nice for the last couple of days we got cooler temps around here. The other evening I was enjoying a glass of wine on the back patio and it was 77 degrees with a little breeze. It was wonderful! I had shorts on and went in quickly to put some yoga pants on LOL!!! I am tired of Summer it has been too hot here and dry. We got a tiny bit of rain the other evening as well! So ready for FALL and everything Pumpkin Spice! How is it in your neck of the woods? Enjoy the few pictures in and around the Garden.